Friday, 27 March 2015

Degustabox March: Surprise Foodie Box & Discount Code!


The latest Degustabox arrived yesterday and this month's box is full of sweet treats, perfect with Easter just around the corner. For anyone who hasn't seen my previous posts, Degustabox is a monthly foodie subscription that delivers a surprise selection of exciting products from new and established brands. Opening up the Degustabox each month is always an event to look forward to, and even though we never know what's inside, it's always a great mix of useful groceries and new goodies.

Discount Code: MTAFQ 

Each Degustabox costs £12.99 a month, which includes delivery. There is no fixed contract involved and you can cancel at any time. Degustabox have kindly provided my readers with the following Discount Code for £3.00 off your next Degustabox, bringing the cost to £9.99 delivered. Simply enter the code - MTAFQ.

Here's a quick round up of all the products inside the March Degustabox:


Jordans Lighter Granola: A massive 550g bag of Jordans Lighter Granola - Strawberry & Blueberry flavour. Jordans Ligher Granola is made with all natural ingredients and contains 30% less fat than standard granolas and is high in fibre too. It's made with barley and wholegrain oats, alongside freezedried berries. I loved the bag of Jordans Simply Granola that was included in a Degustabox last year so I was very happy to see this new lighter version included this month.


Bassetts Jelly Babies Berry Mix: There are two bags of sweets including in the March Degustabox. The first is this bag of Jelly Babies featuring the popular berry flavours of blackcurrant, raspberry and strawberry. I must admit that the berry flavoured Jelly Babies are my favourites so this pack really appeals to me - no lemon ones to leave at the bottom of the pack!


Maynards Sour Patch Kids: I've reviewed these Maynards Sour Patch Kids before, and also the Sour Patch Kids Soda Popz version too. They're a fun combination of sweet and sour, with an initial sour coating, followed by the sweet and soft jelly of the inner sweet. 


Crabbie's Alcoholic Fruits: When signing up to Degustabox, I believe you get the choice between alcoholic or non-alcoholic boxes. The alcoholic version this month contains two bottles of Crabbie's Alcoholic Fruits in Raspberry & Rhubarb, and Black Cherry flavours.


JuiceBurst Drinks: I always enjoy trying out new brands so I couldn't wait to try these JuiceBurst drinks. These drinks are packed full of fruit and are available in 14 different flavours. The JuiceBurst Skinny Mango & Lime had a lovely, natural flavour that is very fruity but not too sweet. I also enjoyed the JuiceBurst Cranberry with it's crisp and refreshing fruity flavour.


Kent's Kitchen Posh Noodles: I was really pleased to see Kent's Kitchen included again in the Degustabox as I've really enjoyed all the products I've tried previously. This one is a little different, as it's not a Kents Kitchen Meal Kit, but an instant pot of Spicy Szechuan Posh Noodles - it just needs hot water and a quick stir! 


BBQUE Barbecue Sauce: A large (393ml) bottle of Original Bavarian barbecue sauce. The BBQUE brand is available in four flavours; Original, Grill & Beechwood, Honey & Mustard, and Chilli & Horseradish. The matte black bottle is truly unique in appearance and kind of looks like it should contain engine oil! No doubt Mr. Grocery Gems will be giving this sauce a go soon!


Natvia Sweetener: Natvia is a 100% naturally sourced alternative to artificial sweeteners and sugar. It's derived from stevia and has zero calories per serving. It can be used in tea and coffee but is also useful for cooking and baking too. 


Brioche Pasquier Baked Bread Bites: This is such a cute idea - each bag contains Bacon flavour Baked Bread Bites, made with French bread, and has less than 90 calories. They're described as an alternative to potato crisps and are lower in saturated fat than crisps, and are also free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives. I haven't had a chance to give these a try yet but I like the idea of bacon flavoured bread!


Lindt Lindor Assorted Mini Eggs: Without a doubt my favourite product in this months Degustabox are the two bags (yes TWO!!) of Lindt Lindor Assorted Mini Eggs. This is such a perfect treat for Easter! Each bag has an assortment of milk, white and dark chocolates in delightful gold packaging with a spring inspired design.

Overall I was delighted with the selection I received from Degustabox and it's up there with my favourite boxes so far. This month, I was especially pleased with the Jordans Lighter Granola, BBQUE sauce, Brioche Pasquier, and, of course, the Lindt Lindor selection. If you're a subscriber then I'd love to hear your thoughts on this months Degustabox selection in the comments below.

For more details:
Degustabox website: www.degustabox.com
I received a Degustabox in order to provide an honest review.


Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Review: Lidl Bellarom Milk Chocolate with Neo


Lidl always has a very tempting selection of chocolates, with many interesting flavours compared to other supermarkets, but it was the Bellarom Milk Chocolate with Neo that caught my eye on my last visit. If you've never heard of Neo biscuits before, they're basically the Lidl equivalent of Oreo cookies. It's a fun idea for Lidl to offer a chocolate bar with their own brand of cookies inside.


The packaging has a fantastic appearance, with a classic foil and paper wrapping, within a cardboard sleeve. The chocolate bar itself is very thick and chunky and weighs in at a hefty 200g - all great considering it only costs £0.99p.


Everything about the flavour is exactly as I had hoped. The chocolate has a great cocoa flavour with a creamy, smooth melt. There are plenty of large cookie pieces in each segment, providing lots of extra sweetness and crunch. It's nice to have the cookie pieces within the chocolate itself rather than within a "creme" or softer centre. Of course the Bellarom Milk Chocolate with Neo is quite a sweet bar overall, and a few pieces go a long way to satisfying a chocolate craving, but it's definitely one I would buy again. 

Grocery Gems Review: Lidl Bellarom Milk Chocolate with Neo

RATING: 8 out of 10.
Buy it again?: Yes.
Purchased: Lidl.
Price: £0.99p (200g bar)
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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

New Instore at Tesco: Disney Frozen Pizza, Vegan Ice Cream Cones & More!


A selection of new items spotted at Tesco this week:

Goodfellas Little Fella's Disney Frozen Enchanted Chicken Pizza: Giving a whole new meaning to the words "frozen pizza". The packaging looks good with the Disney Frozen but the theming doesn't seem to go beyond the box... enchanted chicken flavour?? The pizza is made with low fat mozarella and wholemeal flour for added fibre. £1.50p at Tesco.


Goodfellas Little Fella's Cheese & Tomato Pizza: There is also a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse version available. It's a shame it isn't a Mickey shaped pizza - I'm sure Tesco used to sell those a few years back. £1.50p at Tesco.


Tesco Salted Caramel Dairy Ice Creams: I've already heard that these are really good so I can't wait to give them a try! They're dairy ice creams coated with Belgian chocolate with a salted caramel filling. £2.00p at Tesco.


Walkers MixUps Popcorn Mix Sweet & Spicy: I've already reviewed most of the Walkers MixUps range but I haven't tried this Popcorn Sweet & Spicy mix. £1.00p at Tesco.


Robinsons Fruit Shoot Limited Edition Peach & Mango: I don't buy this range for my kids so I'm not entirely sure if there have been limited editions in the past or not. £1.89p at Tesco.


Tesco Sweet Potato, Paneer & Spinach Bakes: I often buy vegetarian burgers as they make a quick dinner with some salad or cous cous on the side. I'll have a review of these soon. £1.75p at Tesco.


Tesco Free From Strawberry & Vanilla Cones: These are free from dairy, wheat and gluten, and suitable for vegans. That's right - an "ice cream" cone that is suitable for vegans! This is really exciting and I'm sure they will be very popular. £2.00p at Tesco.

If you've spotted or bought any interesting new products then I'd love to hear from you - grocerygems@gmail.com.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Review: Müller Rice Remix Greek Inspired - Apple


A quick review for the new Greek Inspired Müller Rice Remix Apple flavour. I don't usually buy Müller Rice but I couldn't resist the description of the rice flavoured with a 'hint of cinnamon'. This is much more appealing to me than regular rice pudding.


I was hoping that the 'hint of cinnamon' would actually be a stronger than just a 'hint' and I certainly wasn't disappointed. The rice has a lovely golden brown colouring with plenty of cinnamon spice throughout. The flavour is deliciously creamy with a well balanced cinnamon flavour - not too strong or too weak. The apple compote on the side has a sweet stewed apple flavour and adds some additional fruitiness and sweetness. However, I could happily enjoy the rice on it's own without the fruit - it's all about the cinnamon for me!


There is also a Strawberry flavour available too - let me know if you've tried that one.

Grocery Gems Review: Müller Rice Remix Greek Inspired - Apple

RATING: 8 out of 10.
Buy them again?: Yes.
Nutrition (per 100g): 107 calories - each pot is 150g.
Purchased: Asda.
Price: £1.96p (multipack)
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Sunday, 22 March 2015

Review: Cornetto Cookies 'n' Dream Ice Cream Cones


In the review for the new Cornetto Peanut Butter Love I mentioned that there were also two other flavours available: Cookies 'n' Dream and Cornetto Caramel. I have a weakness for ice cream and cookie combinations so I couldn't wait to try the new Cornetto Cookies 'n' Dream.


Each cone is filled with a cookie flavoured ice cream with chocolate chips and a chocolate sauce core, which is topped off with a chocolate disc filled with cookie pieces. The appearance has the same unique look as the Cornetto Peanut Butter Love, with the solid circle of chocolate on top. This chocolate disc is very tasty, with a lots of lovely crunch from the cookie pieces, but can be a bit challenging to bite into!


The ice cream has a strong vanilla flavour with little flecks of chocolate. As expected the core was very chocolaty and complimented the ice cream well. It's quite a rich, dark tasting chocolate, and with the addition of a chocolate wafer too, this is definitely an ice cream cone for chocoholics! I would have liked to have a bit more of a cookie element within the ice cream itself, perhaps with cookie pieces instead of the chocolate chips. However, this is still a very delicious ice cream cone and it's miles better than the Cornetto Enigma Cookie

Grocery Gems Review: Cornetto Cookies 'n' Dream

RATING: 7 out of 10.
Buy them again?: Yes.
Purchased: Asda.
Price: £3.00p (box of four)
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