Saturday, 30 November 2013
Thursday, 28 November 2013
|I kind of mauled this for photography reasons obviously|
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
It would seem that fool me several hundreds of times still causes shame on me :(
Monday, 25 November 2013
Finger's 5 out of 11
Cherry Pie 8 out of 11
Why does a Panda have an American gangster character type? Also why is a Panda the mascot for Foxe's bisquits?
Saturday, 23 November 2013
|They don't look like much but really pack a punch!|
|All bases covered here|
Thursday, 21 November 2013
It's one of those reviews again, by that I mean a biscuit review. Don't be put off by that line'
after rereading that I've realized it sounds a bit negative. I more meant that I do quite lot of these
reviews. Mainly because biscuit are a big part of my day (wow I have an exciting life) and if I'm
honest something I look forward to in my day.
|Free Teas always tantalizing|
carry me through. Today the choice is even better as the biscuit I have, here to try was a FREE
SAMPLE!!! Picture the scene, I'm fighting my way through the hordes of Christmas shoppers.
Feeling scared, claustrophobic and generally in need of some personal space. Then as I walk past
someone I had just perceived to be 'some guy' I found a bag thrust toward me.
Funny how sometimes you don't realize something magical has happened until your too far to
give proper thanks. For it turns out that 'some guy' was actually my savour and the bag contained
the magical happening. Two free samples, a heavenly combination of a new tea brand and a
gingersnap biscuit. Did he know when he handed me this bag how appropriate it was? Two of my
favourite essentials (for they are indeed) in one coveniant carrier. So when today as I dropped my
pick me up was completely Gratis!
|They have the look of the biscuits you get in hotel rooms... good ones|
assume that these guys kind of know teatime. This gives me reassurance in the likely outcome of
these products. After all if they choose to specialise in my favourite time of the day I need to know
that experience falls to experts. Not only that but the biscuits in question are Gingersnaps, lets
face it this blog has a bit of a record with gingery goodness. These are mainly due to my exacting
standards but hey it's a personal issue to work through.
The tea itself is Assam and smells amazingly potent which is a great sign of a strong brew. In my
opinion for my enjoyment the tea mus have strength. It needs to knock some sense into me, and
believe me that takes some power. Unfortunately I can't review these today because of lacking in
the kettle department. But I can still try the biscuit with a compulsory cup of Starbucks.
As I open the pack I'm immediately hit by a powerful ginger aroma one that sends me chills of
anticipation at the prospect of finally having a taste fiery enough for me. I bite down and so seems
does it. This thing is certainly solid, great crunch and an intensely ginger taste that improves if left
on the tongue.
|Certainly looks as solid as it feels!|
with bitter back coffee. The result creates a great combination where the sweetness of my treat
blends with the bitterness of the coffee. Ringtons have this combination nailed. The sting in this
tail is this, however, it would seem for more supplies I'm going to need to order directly from
them. Something I don't like doing, complications right?
9 out of 11
In an awesome most importantly free sample bag
I may have to go shopping more often!
Tuesday, 19 November 2013
|Like a fancy looking Zebra!|
|Definitely not as healthy and about the complete antagonist in taste|
Why does everything that's healthy have to be dull!
Sunday, 17 November 2013
Whats made me all philosophical and sage like? Well today's product, which seem to have a rather polarizing effect on people. Much like how Marmite often comes down to love it or hate it. These seem to be the same, if that is people make it past the first hurdle which is the concept of the items themselves. Those I offered them to often stared at me perplexed as though they needed a moment to figure out if what I was extending there way was real. They are believe me. These are the two limited edition flavoured Pringles available
|They look the same from the outside, it's only the dusting that's different!|
First we will tackle the one most people had trouble with, the mint chocolate. Now don't get me wrong the idea is odd even to me. However remember that the flavour of mint choc has been a firm favorite in many other forms for years. I must admit that I don't like the combination myself but I didn't let that stop me. It's the crisp format that is throwing people but hey I just think that gives them a nice crisp crunch! So without too much hesitation I tried one. It was odd at first, I noticed a weird powdery dusting that you don't usually get, perhaps more seasoning has to be added to achieve the taste. Which is rather minty, and quite chocolatey too. The taste lingers for a bit before being replaced by the Pringle/crispy aftertaste of potato product. It certainly is odd thought not unpleasant to me.
|Seems this sight put people off even trying|
I have to say of the two these are my favorite, the initial taste is much weaker but blends much better with the fried aftertaste. The combination here ends up tasting rather like a sugar and cinnamon doughnut. Really quite nice and much more moreish than the others. If anything more of the sweet cinnamon flavouring is needed as it's rather subtle and quickly replaced by the aftertaste.
|This one appeared more pleasing|
Mint Choc - 3 out of 11
Sweet Cinnamon - 6 out of 11
Sainsbury's conveniently on offer when bought together!
Next up perhaps we will have bakewell tart! Bring it on!
Saturday, 16 November 2013
Breakfast bars for me tend to be a bit of an impulse buy, usually at lunchtime when energy levels are flagging. they tempt me in with the promise of a possibly healthier alternative than the flapjack next door. However in truth I know that most bars are just as bad if not worse than the alternative. Take todays item a rice crispy square, on face or shelf value my thought process goes like this. Rice crispies are meant for breakfast, breakfast stuff is good for you. Then E=MC2 must mean that these are a healthy lunch option, after all I'm basically having more breakfast.
|Not quite sure why I even think its good for me!|
However I am still a sucker for new and limited edition products, especially if they are cheap too. So when I saw this new range of Cookie Crumble Squires I thought I'd be "healthy" and try them. To be fair to them they don't state on the packaging that they are even attempting to be healthy it's just my mixed up mind that perceives them as such. Instead they identify themselves as Crispy grains of toasted rice with cocoa biscuits and a chocolate coating... Yeah no health benefits to be seen here then!
|Ok so it definitely doesn't look healthy!|
I take a bite any way and actually it's not bad. I tactically took a bite that would give me a bit of biscuit and it actually does have a cookie taste to it. It is still rather sickly sweet and the usual flavour of these bars overpowers it to some extent (the mixed taste of sugar, condensed milk and overly sweet chocolate). However ther is an intial cookie type flavour present, it just doesn't make these any more appatising to me in general. They are still far too chewy and sticky for my liking and I regret buying the pack of four. If any one has any suggestions for uses of these things comment below. I'm thinking doorstops, or table legs.
Overal I don't know what I was expecting, these were hardly going to be different were they?
3 out of 11
I hate being impulsive... sometimes.
Thursday, 14 November 2013
Howver as it turns out on the 22nd of October this very year (2013), the Uk celebrated not it's first but forth National Nut day. After a little research, (if I'm honest it was literally just reading the side bar on the official website.) I found out that actually this is an American holiday brought over here recently to encourage healthy eating and environmental responsibility. Not sure how much of that actually applies to todays items, If I'm realistic the nuts here probably haven't even heard of sustainable!
|Just how many m&m characters are there now?|
|So bright and attractive and well nutty!|
The important part now taste!the peanut has a great peanut taste that mixes with the chocolate in the best kind of way to give a nice sweet and nutty taste. Almost like nutella but much more subtly chocolatey, it's very nice and very more-ish. The shell adds slight sweetness and extra crunch. It's not quite as smooth as peanut butter but it's close and thats never a bad thing.
|Remember folks size doesn't always matter!|
Overall it's a clear winner in the Yellow corner, but than again what did I expect it's peanut after all!
Peanut - 8 out of 11
Almond - 5 out of 11
Peanut ones can be found pretty much anywhere, literally these are more availeable than the normal ones. The Almond ones I bought from an import store.
Hope non of you guys have a nut allergy and suffer as a result of my post
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
Tuesday, 12 November 2013
To hell with it, of course I do. In fact, I challenge myself to revel in the mundane today. I'm going to grab a 'cup of Gypsy Lee' and delight in something safe and comforting. I'm thinking something along the lines of a Milk chocolate bar, not even fruit and nut. No! this bar needs to be a plain milk chocolate example. Unfortunately with the nearest Tesco being an adventurous journey from my house, further still is Asda (there economy brand bars are still some of my favorite chocolate bars available see Here for details.). There is no telling what excitement could occur on any trip to them, for now I need to sit in my house and avoid danger.
|The presentation is quite impressive!|
|Less impressive but a bit more fun|
|Round one: appearance goes to Cadbury's|
Overall both are great and much overlooked in a time of crazy candy combinations that seem to be booming at the moment.
Cadbury's Dairy Milk - 7 out of 11
Hershey's Kiss - 6.5 out of 11
Both have been residing in my cupboard, originally they came from the local co-op and American sweet shop respectively.
Tomorrow I fight a bear!
Sunday, 10 November 2013
|Bask in the wondrous glory!|
Before I made my actual purchase I had a further look round not wanting to miss a thing. I noticed how curiously it wasn’t just Cadbury products on sale here as I had expected. It was their own products that were being sold at a reduced outlet price though and other names were their usual retail offering. The bar I picked of Toffee Popcorn Crunch can attest to this at a discounted price then I had been accustomed to seeing.
Overall this bar is quite cool, but could be made better by having more of a toffee taste. The main thing is still my discovery of the Cadbury store, a modern day miracle!
8 out of 11
Cadbury's outlet store
I wonnder how many of these ancient chocolate worshipping sites exist?
Saturday, 9 November 2013
The image of what would happen if sweets incorporated turkey flavouring. I think we can all give thanks that the candy companies haven't quite got to that stage. Although by the standards of recent Wonka bars that could well be round the corner. Today I have an example of pumpkinny goodnes (and therefore one of my five a day) in the form of poptarts Pumpkin limited edition. I also have some pumpkin m&m's which I recently received through my mailbox.
|Love how they try to convince them as a healthy, a whole 6 vitamins!|
After two or three, or you know ten more of these I started to get a bit of a scratchy feeling in my throat and a sugary upset in my tummy. Clearly this bag will last a while and I too felt the burden you guys must get every year. I think I definately prefer the m&m version although clearly a pittyfull representation of the genuine article.This leads me nicely onto the pumpkin spice m&m's and a reoccuring problem; lack of flavour. (It's like I plan these posts!)
|Ohhhh Autumnal? Not really|
A trait unfortunately shared withe the pop tarts, although in this case there is a sugary sweet taste initially that fades into a bare hint of sweet pumpkin. They are nice just not flavourful. The frosting too only serves really to add a nice crunchy topping. When I tried the filling alone I did detect a sweet earthy tone but very vague. Interestingly when I froze one tart to try (for I have to try one cold: pastry too doughy, one heated: the main way and one frozen. To ensure they get the proper trial they deserve.) I found the pumpkin flavour to be more apparent.
|Still rather proud of this|
Candy Corn- 4 out of 11
Pumpkin Pop-Tarts- 5 out of 11
Pumpkin spice m&m's- 8 out of 11
Various online places.
I think I've picked up on a serious topic of debate here, Pumpkins whats your views guys?
Thursday, 7 November 2013
|Apples wrapped in anything, another tradition|
Anyway so today's item is a British tradition and tomorrow I'l do some American traditions for Autumn, see I'm not biased. The toffee in question is rather special too and comes from my recent trip to Cumbria, where I found a shop called 'The Toffee Shop' in Penrith (know your product well I guess). According to the tourist information this was the place to go for toffee treats. Disappointingly the shop only does two types of toffee and three types of fudge. Although by the signs of the fudge samplers I had I was in for a treat.
|It's all in the name|
|They don't really look appetizing, but they are!|
Overall these were nice, although the fudges they make were to me much nicer. I did buy rather a lot of fudge to keep me stocked if I'm honest. See you tomorrow for Pumpkins galore!
Treacle Toffee- 6 out of 11
Butter Toffee- 9 out of 11
The Toffee Shop, Penrith
Hope everyone's celebrations went off with a bang over the weekend!
Tuesday, 5 November 2013
|Ohhh pretty box time!|
|They look quite cute and gifty.|
|I see what they did there, Oscar Wilde would be sooo proud!|
Overall these are really nice and a great way to say thank you to someone. Or yourself if your pretentious, like moi.
8 out of 11
In my friend's box of chocs, he did offer them out though. No theft here!
I'm not sure why he got given a box of thank yous for his birthday. Thanks for surviving another year perhaps?
Monday, 4 November 2013
Now you better sit down for this one, I was at the ballet! Or rather the ballet came to my town and I went along for a gander. Now normally I wouldn't be too fussed about dancing and a prancing but a few reasons struck a cord. Firstly my girlfriend (insert amazing here) wanted to go, secondly the show was a darkish telling of Rapunzel. But finally because a trip to any theater brings an interval and that means Ice-cream. All three of these meant I was looking forward to today and the possibilities ahead.
|The hair aspect is an odd thing to focus on as it didn't feature much.|
|I don't quite know when toffees considered old... or English|
I quickly popped the lid and found the spoon within. Now the problem occurred for my ice cream routine tells me to wait for the second half and for the ice cream to melt before digging in. This is very difficult as you can imagine. I stared longingly at a beautifully beige frozen dessert with rather large looking chunks of burnt toffee. The wait seemed unbearable. Then the curtains rose the lights went down and the ballet and binging begun.
The ice cream was great a lovely sweet and almost salty tasting ice cream. Really good quality no wonder the outside packaging boasted of it's heritage. The little pieces of toffee worked great adding crunch and bursts of toffee that I love. The only drawback was that the second half was shorter than the first and was over in what felt like ten minutes.
Overall I had an amazing night, show was great and the ice cream wasn't bad either. Now you weren't expecting me to say that ever. were you?
Ice-cream - 9 out of 11
Local Theater in those cool ice-cream tray things the users have.
I feel so manly after this post, well kinda, well not at all actually. But I'm loving it!!!