Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Sprite Lemon Lime and Cucumber Review

Sprite Lemon, Lime and Cucumber

Whilst in Tesco recently I spotted a rather new and unusual flavour of Sprite and must admit I had to do a double take - "Does that say cucumber?!" I thought. Yes, indeed it did, and as a new flavour I had to give it a try in the name of snacks science!

This variety is available in multipacks of cans or large 2 litre bottles in both Tesco and Morrisons. I went for the bottle which cost a pretty reasonable £1.

Sprite Lemon, Lime and Cucumber

The ingredients consist of fizzy water, sweeteners, citric acid and natural flavourings. I'm not usually a fan of drinks like this due to the artificial sweeteners, but we can let that slide once in a while right?

Opening the bottle I was met with a cucumber aroma that wasn't really fact my reaction was "ewww!" But nevertheless I took a sip, and after the initial faint cucumber flavour disappeared I was met with the traditional sweet lemon and lime Sprite flavour. It's actually not too bad at all and is rather refreshing - I certainly drank a fair bit. I've heard that it tastes better with gin, which I can't vouch for but I'm sure is true!

Overall, not a bad flavour once you get past the initial "ewww" factor. I don't imagine these will stick around for long so if you like the sound of this flavour make the most of them!

Ingredients: carbonated water, citric acid, sweeteners (acesulfame k, aspartame), acidity regulator sodium citrate, cucumber extract, natural lemon and lime flavourings with other natural flavourings.

7 out of 10.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Waitrose copying Hotel Chocolat bars?! (#slabgate)

waitrose eton mess chocolate

There's been a bit of a barney recently between luxury Chocolatier Hotel Chocolat and Waitrose - Waitrose have launched a new range of chocolate slabs with a similar design to Hotel Chocolat's selector range. Hotel Chocolat aren't happy about this at all, and offered customers an exchange of the Waitrose slabs for one of their Selector bars for free over the weekend. They've even gone as far as demanding Waitrose removes their bars from sale and destroys them! Wow...get that promo HC! ;)

The new range includes the Eton Mess White chocolate bar shown above, as well as...

waitrose espresso swirl chocolate

This Espresso Swirl bar, containing a mix of milk and dark chocolate with coffee bean pieces.

waitrose totally chocolate slab

There's also this Totally Chocolate variety, with a mix of milk, white and dark chocolate plus chocolate buttons.

waitrose gentle ginger
There's also this Gentle Ginger bar, with dark chocolate and ginger pieces. Unfortunately it isn't dairy free, sorry vegans :(

waitrose caramel crunch

Similar to one of Hotel Chocolat's top sellers, there's this Caramel crunch bar featuring caramel pieces and caramel milk chocolate buttons. There's also an Orange Chocolate bar in the range. The bars are currently on offer for £2 but usually cost £2.50.

As well as the above bars, Waitrose are doing a new range of boxed chocolates...

waitrose Salted Caramel Big Chocolate Buttons

There's Salted Caramel Big Chocolate Buttons, which are caramel-filled chocolate buttons similar to Cadbury Caramel Nibbles...

waitrose fruity crispy chocolate clusters

Plus some Fruity, Crispy chocolate clusters...

waitrose Dark Chocolate Raspberry Mallows

And Dark Chocolate Raspberry Mallows...

waitrose Milk Chocolate Smothered Fudge

Milk Chocolate Smothered Fudge...

waitrose Stem Ginger Fudge

Stem Ginger Crumbly Fudge...

waitrose Milk Chocolate Smothered Honeycomb

And lastly, Milk Chocolate Smothered Honeycomb.

What do you think folks? Are Waitrose copying? Are curvy shaped chocolates unique to Hotel Chocolat? And most you prefer paying less for the Waitrose slabs or paying more at Hotel Chocolat? 

Monday, 21 May 2018

Ape Chocolate Crunchy Coconut Bites

Ape Crunchy Coconut Bites Chocolate

I'm a big fan of Ape Snacks Crunchy Coconut Bites. When I tried them initally I was a bit iffy but since then I've bought a fair few packs, in fact they're my go-to snack now when I'm looking for something healthy and low in sugar. So I was excited when I saw this new Chocolate variety appear in Sainsbury's Express stores recenelty. It's pretty much the same recipe as the original plain bites, but with the addition of coconut nectar and cocoa powder.

Ape Crunchy Coconut Bites Chocolate

Like the original bites these are £1.50 and suitable for vegans, gluten free and the packs says "no added sugar", which I don't really agree with since they contain coconut nectar, which is pretty much a sugar. But hey ho, they're still healthy and lower sugar than most snacks of this nature.

They tasted pretty good, with a nice cocoa flavour and a subtle sweetness from the coconut nectar. I wouldn't say they were better than the original variety but they're a nice change and certainly a good addition to the range. I would personally like to see a chocolate coated variety - perhaps using unsweetened chocolate, which would be a real treat indeed for anyone avoiding sugar!

Overall, these a nice addition to the range and perfect if you want something with a chocolatey flavour that is still healthy. They're a great alternative to crisps or cereal bars.

Coconut, Coconut Nectar, Tapioca Starch, Cocoa Powder, Rock Salt.

Nutrition Information (per 26g): 164 Calories, 12.5g Fat, 11.2g Carbohydrates, 5g Sugars, 3.7g Fibre, 1.7g Protein, 0.2g Salt.

7.5 out of 10. 

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Pretzel Flipz are back! (UK)

pretzel flipz uk

Another heads up today for anyone who is a fan of Pretzel Flipz, the tasty chocolate coated Pretzels that were originally launched by Nestle - they're officially back!

Pretzel Flipz dark chocolate

Available in both Dark Chocolate...

milk chocolate Pretzel Flipz

And milk chocolate varieties, sadly there is no sign of the much-loved white fudge coated variety. Boo! Available from Asda stores now for £1, this time made by McVitie's.

Are you a fan of Pretzel Flipz? Would you like to see the white version brought back too? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Friday, 18 May 2018

New Maltesers Buttons

New Maltesers Buttons

Another heads up; Mars UK are launching Maltesers Buttons! I'm not sure why there was a need for such a product (surely relaunching White Maltesers would have made more sense?) - rumour has it they're designed to contain less sugar due to the new UK Sugar Tax that recently came into force. These are due in shops in June. 

Do you think Maltesers Buttons are a good idea? Let me know in the comments!

M&S Caramel & Popcorn and Gin & Tonic Sauces! (Spotted In Shops)

marks and spencer caramel and toasted popcorn sauce

Another quick Spotted In Shops today as a heads up: M&S are NOW DOING CARAMEL AND TOASTED POPCORN SAUCE! Described as "A sweet, buttery and indulgent sauce made with BRITISH condensed milk, cream and butter" - how great does it sound?! Price is £2.

They're also doing a Lemon, Gin and Tonic sauce described as "A tart and tangy sauce full of classic, punchy flavour and made with 4% gin". Cheers to that! Price: £2.

In other innovations they're also doing Rhubarb and Custard Curd, made specifically with BRITISH rhubarb juice. Hmm I'm sensing a patriotic theme here!

They're also doing Rhubarb, Raspberry and Rose Conserve, made with ENGLISH rhubarb and SCOTTISH raspberries, with a hint of rose. I'm not sure I fancy rose in my jam, personally!

Something a bit more traditional with a twist, it's Blackberry Bramble and Gin Conserve made with British blackberries and London dry gin.

They're also doing 50% lower fat Skinny mousses in a Strawberry flavour...

As well as this vegetarian friendly Chocolate Skinny Mousse.

Something possibly fit for celebrating the Royal Wedding, they've launched this Strawberries and Cream Walled Cheesecake. Yum!

Plus Strawberries and Cream Drizzle Cookies. Very Summery!

They're also doing some interesting new crisp flavours, such as these BBQ Sausage and Smokehouse Ketchup hand cooked crisps...

As well as Tikka Masala crisps...

Plus Roast Beef and Blacksticks Blue Cheese Hand Cooked Crisps...

British Pork Hog Roast and Apple Hand Cooked Crisps...

There's also these new Welsh Rarebit Style Cheesy Toasts, which are crunchy bread bites with west country cheddar and worcester sauce.

Plus Suffolk Ale and Chutney Bloomer Bites...what is it with M&S and beer flavoured snacks!

There's also this unique melting cheese, in Red Leicester and Smokehouse Ketchup and Regular flavours. It's been matured for 18 months and melts perfectly in a grilled cheese sandwich.

Last but not least, some new British teas from M&S, in Mint and Strawberry...

Plus English Lavender Earl Grey. Now that's a bit different!

Well, that's all for this M&S Edition of Spotted In Shops...if you've tried any of these new treats do let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Nim's Pear Fruit Crisps

Nim's Pear Fruit Crisps

Recently I read an article in The Grocer about Nim's Fruit Crisps and how they've become so popular they're now being sold in Tesco stores. After spotting some in my local Tesco Express I thought I'd give them a whirl to see what all the fuss is about. They're described as 100% natural, with no added sugar or sweetener, air dried rather than fried and are made in the UK. They're gluten free, dairy free, suitable for vegans, and certified as one of your portions of fruit and veg per day. I can't remember the exact price these were, but it was around £1 or so which is quite a bit for 22g of crisps, so I was hoping they'd be worth it!

Nim's Pear Fruit Crisps

Opening the bag, I tipped them into a bowl. They looked a bit like fried courgettes, or maybe it's just me? 

Nim's Pear Fruit Crisps

It was obvious these were 100% natural going by appearances - honestly, they didn't look so great haha!

I've tried things like this before - such as Morrisons Carrot Crisps - so with these being fruit I was expecting them to be nicer in comparison, but honestly I didn't like them at all. The texture is weirdly chewy, despite their crunchy appearance and the taste is mild and not particularly fruity. They just seemed a bit "nothing-y" and weren't a very filling snack.

Overall, I'm a bit at a loss over what else to say about these other than I didn't enjoy them much and probably wouldn't buy them if I needed a healthy snack. If they were crunchier that might be an improvement, or maybe apple crisps would have more flavour. I don't know if they do an apple version but I'll certainly keep my eye out to do a comparison. These are certainly very healthy, but not for me taste wise.

Have you tried Nim's Fruit Crisps? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Ingredients: 100% Air Dried Pear.

Nutrition Information (per 22g bag): 78 Calories, 0g Fat, 17g Carbohydrates, 10g Sugars, 3g Fibre, 1g Protein. 

5 out of 10.