6 Oct 2016

Review: Kit Kat Chocolatory Salted Caramel Crème Brûlée with Madagascan Vanilla Seeds

A Kit Kat Chocolatory opened up in London this week at Westfield Stratford. It's only there for 5 weeks but luckily Westfield is fairly local to me and I was able to pop in. I've only ever heard of Kit Kat Chocolatory stores existing in Japan so I was very excited to see this pop up store. 

The concept is simple - create your own unique Kit Kat, from the chocolate coating to the toppings, or buy one of the ready made new flavours. The limited edition creations are; a Chilli & Mint, a Black Forest Gâteau, a Sticky Toffee Popcorn, Almond & Salted Caramel Brittle or the Salted Caramel Crème Brûlée with Madagascan Vanilla Seeds.

I decided to go for a couple of the limited edition flavours  rather than making my own - I just couldn't resist them. Creating a bar is more of an 'experience' so I'll save that for when I'm with my husband and kids.  

The Kit Kat Chocolatory Salted Caramel Crème Brûlée with Madagascan Vanilla Seeds is a four-finger, white chocolate Kit Kat. I have to admit it didn't look too impressive when I took it out of the box - there's just a hard caramel brittle that's been stuck to the top and on the bottom. Thankfully the flavour was spot on. The white chocolate especially was delicious, with a gorgeous vanilla flavour from the visible flecks of vanilla. The added salted caramel is extremely sugary and creamy at first but ends with a complimentary hint of saltiness. The whole thing is actually much tastier than it looks, although it's a bit too sweet overall! 

I also bought the Kit Kat Chocolatory Sticky Toffee Popcorn, Almond & Salted Caramel Brittle which is a milk chocolate Kit Kat. It looks more impressive in the box (above) so I have high hopes for this one - review coming soon!

Prices are £3.50p for the special editions or £7.00p for the bespoke bars.

5 Oct 2016

New Instore: Cadbury Snowy Fingers, Fibre One Salted Caramel Bars & More

Cadbury Snowy Fingers: The first of many limited editions in this post. Cadbury Snowy Fingers are covered in half milk and half white chocolate for a 'snowy' look. It's a simple concept but I'm sure these will be very popular whilst they're available. Spotted At: Asda - £1.00p.

Alpro Dessert Moments Hazelnut Chocolate: Thank you to FlipM for this photo. According to the Alpro website there are three flavours of Alpro Dessert Moments; Hazelnut Chocolate, Almond and also a Coconut flavour. They all sound really good so I hope all three flavours have made it to the UK. Spotted At: Morrisons.

Monin Limited Edition Chocolate Cookie Syrup: I don't think I have ever seen a limited edition Monin syrup to buy in the supermarket before. This one looks good for making a mocha! Spotted At: Sainsbury's - £2.00p.

Pip & Nut Crunchy Maple Peanut Butter: This limited edition has been out for a few months now. I tried it for the first time last week and really enjoyed the natural flavour. It has a slight runny consistency so I recommend keeping it in the fridge. I've stocked up on a few more jars! Spotted At: Sainsbury's - £2.00p.

Walkers Stax: I believe these were available a few years ago and are now back for a limited time. There are three flavours available: Original, Paprika or Sour Cream. Spotted At: Asda - £1.00p.

Scarestrings: Of course, these Scarestrings are exactly the same Cheese Strings but just in a Halloween themed pack. Spotted At: Co-Op - half price offer £1.29p.

Cadbury Screme Egg Pots of Joy: With added Wooooo Green Goooo. Their description not mine. Spotted At: Co-Op - £1.00p.

Cadbury Pumpkin Patch Cakes; I love the packaging of this one! I'll probably pick up a pack nearer to Halloween. Spotted At: Waitrose - £2.49p.

Fibre One Salted Caramel Squares: I buy these 90 calorie bars every once in a while and it seems that the Lemon Drizzle flavour has been replaced with this Salted Caramel (at least in my local store). I think I'll wait for an offer before buying these as they are quite pricey for such a small pack. Spotted At: Waitrose - £2.89p.

Candy Kittens: This funky candy range is gluten free and made with natural flavours and ingredients. Spotted At: Waitrose - £2.49p.

Mary Berry Belgian Chocolate Brownie Pudding: There is also a Bread & Butter Pudding Available too. Spotted At: Waitrose.

Collective Dairy Honeyed Plum Gourmet Yogurt: A limited edition flavour from the Collective Dairy (which was released in September). This one is made with stem ginger, plum compote and honey. Spotted At: Waitrose £1.50p. 

As always, if you spot anything new instore and fancy sending me a photo then let me know via email: grocerygems@gmail.com or Twitter: @grocerygems.

4 Oct 2016

Degustabox September Review - Surprise Foodie Box & £7 Discount Code!

The September Degustabox arrived filled with a lovely selection of surprise groceries. It's always exciting to open up a Degustabox and Septembers box was no exception. I was pleased to find several new brands and products that I haven't tried before.

Discount Code: BLDEG15

Degustabox is a monthly foodie subscription service that sends out a range of specially selected foodie products. There's always a great mix of new products that I haven't tried before, as well as plenty of treats from more established brands. Each Degustabox costs £12.99p, delivery costs are included in the price, and there is no fixed contract involved - you can cancel at any time.

The discount code has been increased and now offers a massive £7.00 off, bringing the cost to £6.99 delivered. Check out the Degustabox website below and enter the discount code: BLDEG15

Here's a quick round up of all the products I received in the September Degustabox:

Teisseire Raspberry & Cranberry: I've always wanted to try Teisseire syrups so this was a very welcome addition to the Degustabox. The combination of sweet raspberry and tangy cranberry is delicious in this 0% sugar drink. Everyone in my family enjoyed it and the bottle was finished all too soon! I'm looking forward to trying more from this range.

Hartley's Jelly Pots: These useful lunchbox pots are all made with no added sugar and are less than 10 calories per pot. My kids are not all that keen on jelly so I'll be saving these for my own little sweet treats. 

Cirio Borlotti Beans: A triple pack of steam-cooked borlotti beans which are a good source of dietary fibre and vitamins. I'm a fan of other Cirio canned products, especially their tinned tomatoes and passata, so I was interested to find that they also make canned beans. These small cans are useful for soups and even as a quick addition to salads and couscous.

Say Yes to No Bread Chips: I've tried these in a previous Degustabox. The brand is an unusual one, Say Yes To No state that they want to say NO to artificial flavours and additives, as well as "false promises, fake colours, advertising lies, artificial taste, and photoshopping". Anyway, thankfully they do want to say YES to tasty chips.

I received the Sour Cream & Onion Toasted Bread Chips which are circular bread bites that are full of flavour. The toasted bread base is crunchy and light, creating a tasty and moreish snack.

Cape Drinks: I've said before that I'm a big fan of iced tea so I was excited to find this interesting brand. Cape Drinks are a sparkling blend of Rooibos Tea and fruit juices with added vitamins, ginseng and natural botanical extracts. The flavours are very appealing; Peach & Lychee and Pineapple & Passion Fruit. I really enjoyed both flavours, they're refreshing, fruity and not too sweet.

Chia Bia Whole & Milled Chia Seed Sachets: Ever since I tried Chia Seeds a few years ago, I've been regularly sprinkling them on my morning porridge or on yogurts. I prefer these types of smaller sachets to big bags as they're more convenient for me.

Metcalfe's Popcorn Thins: An individually sealed pack of Metcalfe's Popcorn Thins. These are light and crispy with a satisfying topping of smooth Italian chocolate. The front of the pack says '82 calories per serving' but be careful as the small print on the back says that this pack is actually two servings! 

Emily Fruit Crisps Crunchy Banana: This is another brand that I've been wanting to try for a while. And oh my these are so good - thank you Degustabox! Each banana piece has a wonderfully crunchy and crispy texture, whilst the flavour is super sweet and creamy. I'll be trying out more from this range for sure.

Mrs Crimble's Gluten Free Pasta with Sauce: A packet of gluten free Fusilli pasta with a gourmet mushroom and cream sauce. It's easy to cook in around 10 minutes without much effort at all. I had to pass this one onto Mr. Grocery Gems as I've never been fond of creamy sauces on pasta. He really liked the strong mushroom flavour here and found it a very filling and quick lunch.

Get Fruity Pineapple, Coconut & Lime Bar: Get Fruity is an award-winning fruit and oat bar that has a high percentage of the named fruit. It's made with gluten free oats and virgin coconut oil with no added refined sugars. I tried the Get Fruity Strawberry Bar in a previous Degustabox and I absolutely loved the combination of oats and fruit. This Pineapple, Coconut & Lime flavour is just as delicious as I was expecting - so softly fruity and very filling.

Overall, I really enjoyed the surprise selection in this months Degustabox. Once again, there was a wonderful selection of new foodie treats. My favourites this month were the Get Fruity Bar, Cape Drinks, and the delicious Emily Fruit Crisps.

For more details on Degustabox:

Degustabox website: www.degustabox.com/en

I received a Degustabox in order to provide an honest review.

1 Oct 2016

Review: Nestlé Shredded Wheat Apple Crumble

My son is a big fan of mini Shredded Wheat so I've been meaning to buy their flavoured versions for awhile now. There's also a Cherry Bakewell flavour available in this range which are now in regular cereal boxes rather than bags.

The Nestlé Shredded Wheat Apple Crumble is described as a bitesized whole wheat cereal with apple filling and a vanilla flavour nutty crumble topping. The nutty topping contains peanuts and 'other nut's'. 

The crumble topping gives each bite a sweet biscuity type flavour. However, I couldn't detect any vanilla (or nuttiness so the addition of nuts seems a bit pointless). The apple flavour is quite strong, despite the small amount of filling in each Shredded Wheat, which adds a tangy fruitiness. The overall flavour is pleasing enough, it's nicely fruity and quite sweet. I think they are slightly disappointing in terms of the 'Apple Crumble' theme as they don't quite have the right flavour. I would have loved to see the addition of cinnamon in the crumble topping and some more apple filling to really boost the overall flavour. 

Grocery Gems Review: Shredded Wheat Apple Crumble

RATING: 7 out of 10.
Buy them again?: Maybe.
Purchased: Ocado.
Price: £2.49p.

30 Sep 2016

Review: Dorset Cereals Gingerbread Porridge

I don't usually buy flavoured porridge (I find them too cloying and sweet) but I couldn't resist trying this Gingerbread Porridge from Dorset Cereals. Gingerbread is one of my favourite flavours for new products at this time of year and it's warming nature seems especially appealing for a porridge.

The Dorset Cereals Gingerbread Porridge is described as a creamy blend of oats and barley with real gingerbread pieces. There are 10 sachets in each pack and each serving is 237 calories (with 180ml of semi-skimmed milk). The porridge has plenty of dark gingerbread pieces and I could already smell the familiar scent of ginger and spices as I opened the pack. The actual gingerbread flavour is quite subtle once the porridge is prepared, this is certainly not an overpowering gingerbread. The porridge itself is thick and creamy in texture and the gingerbread adds an extra warmth with it's spiced background flavour. I was also pleased to find that the porridge is not overly sweet, in fact, there's not much sweetness here at all which I prefer. 

Overall, it's definitely worth a try for any fans of gingerbread for it's subtle, warming, not-too-sweet flavour - it's very filling too!

Grocery Gems Review: Dorset Cereals Gingerbread Porridge

RATING: 8 out of 10.
Buy them again?: Yes.
Purchased: Ocado - also available instore exclusively at Waitrose.
Price: £2.59p.

Check out my previous gingerbread reviews:
Alpro Gingerbread Man Desserts
Walls Gingerbread Sandwich Ice Cream

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