Tuesday, 30 September 2014

New Snacks Monsterpost: Halloween, Drumstick Lolly Cake, Cadbury Sticky Puds, Philadelphia Duo Cremoso...

Some new products I've seen whilst out and about recently...enjoy!

Swizzel's Matlow Drumstick Cake: Everyone of a certain age will remember Drumstick Lollies from childhood...and now you can get them in cake form! This cake contains a Drumstick flavoured topping and filling, and is of course shaped and iced like a Drumstick lolly. Spotted at Asda.

Asda's Triple Chocolate Giant Doughnut Cake: I don't think this made from real doughnut, but it looks like a pretty cool cake!

There's also a Toffee Fudge variety!

Mars Cake Bars: If it weren't for the recent news articles raving about these I would've never guessed they were new...I thought Mars had always done cake bars?! Spotted at Asda.

Asda Jazzie Mini Cake Bites: Continuing with the retro sweets theme Asda are doing these new "Jazzie" cake bites. If you don't know what Jazzie's are, they're basically a British retro sweet made up of vegetable fat with hundreds and thousands sprinkled on top. They come in both white and brown varieties and are meant to taste like chocolate.

Brompton House Muesli Tart: I'll refrain from any Great British Bake Off style innuendos here (although here's a list of the 28 best ones), but needless to say this "delicious and moist" "premium" muesli tart sounds very lovely! Spotted at Asda.

Cadbury Sticky Puds Milk Chocolate: Cadbury's have launched a lot of new products recently and the latest to join their portfolio is "Sticky Puds", which are "indulgent chocolate sponge puddings smothered with a Cadbury milk chocolate sauce". Spotted at Asda.

Cadbury Fudge Sticky Puds: There's also a Fudge variety, described as "indulgent chocolate fudge sponge puddings smothered with a sticky fudge sauce". Spotted at Asda.

Toffee Crisp Choccy Road Biscuits: It's not often we get new Toffee Crisp varieties from Nestlé, but recently they've laucnhed not only a Toffee Crisp Sharing Block & Toffee Crisp Cereal, but these "Choccy Road" biscuits too. They're basically Rocky Road meets Toffee Crisp and contain marshmallow, chocolate, biscuit and toffee. Spotted at Asda.

Toffee Crisp Bitesize: Asda had a huge display of these Toffee Crisp Bitesize for a pound, as well as Toffee Crisp Multipacks, Toffee Crisp Biscuits and Peanut Lion Multipacks. Seems like Nestlé are taking over supermarkets with the colour orange!

Nestlé Munchies Ice Cream Bars: Nestlé have also revamped their ice cream range and made Munchies ice cream bars a more premium product. Spotted at Asda.

Nestlé Lion Ice Cream Bars: They've also added Lion Ice Cream Bars to the range - these used to be in the £1 discount range. Spotted at Asda.

Asda Mojito Roulade: It seems a bit late for a Mojito flavour iced dessert...maybe Asda should have launched this at the start of Summer!

Hartley's Monster Jelly: Rebranding jelly to fit with Halloween is a canny move from Hartley's since it goes perfectly with "Ice Scream". Spotted at Asda.

Also available in Fangtastic Strawberry...

Mr Kipling Chocolate & Slime Slices: All the usual Halloween cake slices are out in stores (Fiendish Fancies etc) but the only new ones to join them this year appear to be these green Chocolate & Slime slices. Spotted at Tesco. 

The Collective Spiced Pumpkin Yoghurt: Usually there's very few exciting new products for Halloween, but The Collective Dairy are attempting to change that with their unique limited edition "Spiced Pumpkin live gourmet yoghurt". I must admit the "live" part does scare me a bit! Spotted at Sainsbury's.

Maynards Spooky Treats & Sour Tricks: These jellies used to be made by "The Natural Confectionery Company", but Mondelez have wisely rebranded them as Maynards since it's more well-known in the UK. Spotted at local department store. 

The Chocolate Smiths Bewitching Bizarre Chocolate: Hand-made in Northumberland, this limited edition Halloween bar from The Chocolate Smiths consists of belgian milk chocolate with delicately spiced pumpkin. Spotted at local department store. 

The Chocolate Smiths Boo'Nanza Bizarre with Sour Apple: Even more exciting, this bar contains white chocolate with a gooey sour apple centre, and shards of sweet toasted caramel. Now that's a unique combination! "Toffee apple, but edgier", as it says. Spotted at local department store. 

Bahlsen Pick Up! Black 'N White: Regular Bahlsen Pick Up! biscuits are awesome, but this version containing chocolate flavour biscuits and white chocolate filling sounds even more so! Spotted at Sainsbury's.

Tunnock's Dark Chocolate Coated Caramel Wafer Biscuits: Tunnock's are now doing a dark chocolate version of their legendary Caramel Wafers. Personally I think white chocolate would've been more exciting! Spotted at Sainsbury's. 

Snog Frozen Yogurt: Fancy a snog? Then head over to Snog's website www.ifancyasnog.com! These new frozen yogurts are made from organic fat-free yogurt and sweetened with Agave nectar. Spotted at Sainsbury's.

Terry's Chocolate Orange Doughnuts: Chocolate Orange seems to be taking over this year, it's now available in Minis, Segsations, Ice Cream, Pots of Joy...and now Doughnuts too! I wonder what's next, milkshake perhaps? Spotted at Tesco. 

Philadelhpia Sensations Duo Cremoso Vine Ripened Tomato: These new Philadelphia Sensations Duo Cremoso are described as being "a breakthrough innovation" and contain a dual texture of creamy Philadelphia cream cheese with a whipped core. Spotted at Sainsbury's

Also available in Cracked Peppercorn...

Plus Garlic & Fine herbs. 

GU Hot Chocolate - Salted Caramel & Chocolate: GU are branching out from puds to do these "thick, rich and velvety" luxury hot chocolates, and unlike regular hot chocolate they're refrigerated. I like the sound of the salted caramel version! Spotted at Waitrose. 

Not content with a new hot chocolate range, there's also these new Hot White Chocolate Melting Middles from GU, which contain coconut and white chocolate. Yum! Spotted at Sainsbury's.

Plus they're doing these new Maple and Pecan Pies! Spotted at Sainsbury's.

Lindt have launched a new bar in their "Creation" range - Chocolate Cake. It contains a fine dark chocolate truffle and a "melting heart"...which is presumably some kind of ganache? Spotted at Waitrose.

I also saw this Lindt Creation Citron Frappe at Waitrose, which looks like it's imported.

Likewise, this Lindt Excellence Noir with cacao nibs.

Ambrosia Devon Custard Puds: This new twinpot range from Ambrosia consists of a side of custard and a side of pudding that can be microwaved. This one contains crumble clusters and summer fruit compote. Spotted at Asda.

Also available in Sticky Toffee Crunch...I want to try this one!

Plus the classic Apple Crumble.

Nestlé Carnation Chocolate Filling: Nestlé are doing a new "chocolate filling and topping" in their Carnation range. I have no idea what this consists of but presumably it's similar to their caramel filling made with condensed milk. Spotted at Asda.

McVitie's Strawberry Fruit Rolls: McVitie's have made the legendary Fig Rolls (which were apparently invented in ancient Egypt!) for years, but now they're trying to appeal to a younger audience with this strawberry variety. Spotted at Asda.

Also available in apple.

Fruit Shoot Squeezy Less Sugar Jam: Fruit Shoot are now doing their own range of jams, in Orange (shouldnt that be marmalade?!), Apple & Blackcurrant and Strawberry & Summer Fruits flavours. They contain 30% less sugar than regular jams. Spotted at Tesco.

Tesco Custard & Bourbon Cream Spreads: Grocery Gems has already covered these but I just had to mention them! All I'll say is: custard and bourbon creams are awesome, so I'm sure they're even nicer in spreadable form. I can't wait to try them!

There's also a Cookies and Cream flavour!

OO Drinks Strawberry & Rhubarb: This natural flavoured soda contains "oogaave" syrup and comes in various flavours. Spotted at local department store.

Teapigs Matcha Green Tea Drinks: These new drinks from Teapigs contain natural flavanols and come in flavours such as Elderflower and Grapefruit. Hopefully they don't taste like dirt, as most green tea seems to! Spotted at local department store. 

And lastly, I had to include these the name made me chuckle in the shop...Sweetie Monkey iFoams! Foam...Phone...get it? Maybe I'm just sad haha! Spotted at Tk Maxx.

I hope you've all enjoyed this new products Monsterpost! If you spot any new snacks please don't hesitate to contact me via Twitter or Email!

Monday, 29 September 2014

Cadbury Marvellous Mix-Ups Banana Sour Fudge Dessert - Review

Cadbury are churning out a lot of odd flavour combinations recently...first they did a Cherry Cola Fizz dessert and now this - Banana Sour Fudge! I have to wonder if anyone actually likes these odd flavours they keep bringing out; sure, they're interesting and novel, but the novelty must wear off eventually. I guess that's why they're just limited editions...

This dessert is described as "Smooth & creamy dessert made with melted Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate with a side of milk chocolate coated butter candy, banana flavour candied fudge pieces & raspberry flavour sour candy balls". A weird mis-mash of flavours if ever there was one! So how did it taste...?

Well, firstly the chocolate dessert itself was very nice, it's pretty much the same as Dairy Milk Pots of Joy and the smoothness and creaminess is very welcoming. Adding the goodies and mixing them in produced an interesting taste sensation...lots of artificial fruit flavours; sourness from the raspberry, artificial banana flavour, a little butteriness from the fudge and butter candy, and some crunchy textures going on too. It really is a party in your mouth...and quite a fun one, but not something I would want to eat regularly.

Overall, this is definitely an interesting combination from Cadbury, and kudos to them for trying something so out there. If you're a fan of banana I wouldn't rush to try this but if you like mad combinations this is definitely for you. Now, if only they would actually do something with peanut butter in...everyone is waiting, Cadbury!

RATING: 7.5 out of 10. 

Price: 50p at Asda.
Suitable for vegetraians?: No.
Allergy Information: Contains milk, soya, corn. May contain nuts. Appears to be gluten-free.
Nutrition (per pot): 275 Calories, 13.2g Fat, 35g Carbs, 29.3g Sugars.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Thorntons Special Toffee & Fabulous Fudge Milk Chocolate Blocks - Review

Thorntons recently announced the launch of their own chocolate blocks to compete with the likes of Dairy Milk and Galaxy, and by chance I happened to spot some whilst in WH Smiths the other day. The wrappers looked similar to Galaxy bars so I had to look twice!

Both contain Thorntons most well-known products: Special Toffee and Fabulous Fudge. It must have been a no-brainer to put them in bar form, after all most confectionery companies *cough* Mondelez! *cough* are putting their brands into chocolate bars these days.

Thorntons Special Toffee Milk Chocolate:

This is described as "Toffee flavour milk chocolate with toffee pieces" and contains 30% cocoa solids. Opening the wrapper I was salivating...the chocolate had a lovely burnt toffee aroma that was very strong. The bar is split into blocks with cogs printed on, matching the "chocolate factory" themed wrapper, which I think is quite a fun design.

The chocolate was very nice; smooth and milky with a nice cocoa flavour. The toffee flavour added a burnt sugar edge to it, which is quite unique as far as milk chocolates go. The toffee pieces added a further buttery, burnt sugar crunch, but there weren't enough for my liking. Still, it was a very moreish combination and reminded me of Dairy Milk with Daim.

Overall, this is a very sweet bar, but very tasty!

RATING: 8 out of 10. 

Thorntons Fabulous Fudge Milk Chocolate:

Out of the two bars this was the one that excited me most...it's described as "Fudge flavour milk chocolate with fudge pieces" and contains 30% cocoa solids.

Like the Special Toffee Bar it comes with cogs imprinted on the blocks, plus a smaller and larger block on each corner.

The fudge smell was very inviting...I couldn't wait to get stuck in!

The fudge pieces were very visible and luckily there seemed to be more of them than in the Special Toffee bar. Taste-wise the chocolate was lovely; very smooth with a creamy fudge flavour, and the fudge balls adding a soft buttery chew with each bite. It didn't take me long to wolf down most of the bar...it was very moreish!

RATING: 8.5 out of 10.

These new bars from Thorntons are very nice indeed, both combine good quality milk chocolate with buttery toffee flavours very well. Of course, they're probably only suitable for the very sweet-toothed among us! I do hope Thorntons consider doing a Liquorice Toffee block in future...now that would be tasty and unique!

Price: £1 per 100g bar at WH Smith (RRP £1.59).
Suitable for vegetarians?: Yes.
Allergy Information: Both contain milk & soya. Both may contain nuts.