Monday, 26 January 2015

Quick Review: Cadbury Dairy Milk Freddo Sprinkles

Cadbury have added a new Dairy Milk Freddo Sprinkles to their Easter range for 2014 (but don't worry Freddo is still made of real Dairy Milk chocolate!). I found them in Sainsbury's at 5 for £1.00.

For some reason I imagined the chocolate would have the sprinkles on top (and look really cute!), but actually the sprinkles are all within the chocolate, which means they are not very noticeable from the outside. There are plenty of sprinkles mixed into the Freddo shaped bar, adding a crunchy texture to the chocolate which is quite fun. In terms of flavour, they are just pure sugar, so the end result is an extra sweet and sugary chocolate. Overall, I prefer them to the previous Freddo Popping Candy, and I'm sure the new Freddo Sprinkles will be very popular with kids at Easter!

Grocery Gems Verdict: Cadbury Dairy Milk Freddo Sprinkles

RATING: 7 out of 10
Buy them again?: Yes (I'm sure I'll buy a few for Easter).
Purchased: Sainsburys.
Price: 5 for £1.00.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Review: Bassetts Jelly Bunnies

This is such a cute new addition to the Jelly Babies range for Easter - Bassetts Jelly Bunnies. I love these types of seasonal special editions but I just wish that the flavours in this pack were also new. 

Instead the Jelly Bunnies are simply a new bunny shape, instead of babies, but come in the same classic six flavours; Strawberry (pink), Lemon (yellow), Lime (green), Orange, Blackcurrant (dark purple) and Raspberry (darker pink). In the UK, Jelly Babies are covered with the starchy residue so it's harder to make out the bunny shapes in my photo, but they are actually very cute, with little whiskers and smiley faces.

The flavours are all the classics that I'm sure most people will have tried before. The three berry flavours are all very sweet and quite similar to each other, especially the strawberrry and raspberry. The blackcurrant is my favourite with it's stronger fruity taste. The three citrus sweets are sweet and zesty and are all quite different with their own individual lime, lemon, and orange flavours. I haven't had Jelly Babies for years but I find that as I'm older I naturally prefer the citrus flavours to the sweeter berry ones. The texture in these Jelly Bunnies is exactly the same as the Bassetts Jelly Babies (indeed the ingredients are identical too) with their soft squishy, jelly centres and firmer outer coating.

Grocery Gems Review: Bassetts Jelly Bunnies

RATING: 7 out of 10 (more if they were new flavours).
Buy them again?: Yes.

Nutrition: 87 calories per 4 sweets, 330 calories per 100g.
Purchased: Tesco
Price: £1.00p for 190g.

Many thanks to Andrew C. who let me know about these after he spotted them instore last week.

Asda Whisky Cocktails for Burns Night

Asda have announced the release of a new range of premium aged whisky which will be available at more affordable prices. Traditionally an extremely expensive product due to the rarity and age of the whiskies used in the aging process, these blends usually retail for over £200. Released as part of the Asda Extra Special range is a 25-year old Whisky for £50 and a 30-year old Whisky for £60. To celebrate Asda have sent me a selection of Whisky Cocktail recipes which are perfect for anyone celebrating Burns Night tonight.

Old Fashioned

Rub a piece of orange peel on the side of a glass. Add a pinch of sugar, 3 dashes Anbostura bitters, 2 shots whisky and 3 ice cubes. Serve garnished with a twist of lemon peel.

Rusty Nail

Pour 2 shots whisky and 1 shot Drambuie over ice. Serve with a twist of lemon peel. This is the classic recipe, but if you prefer a sweet cocktail, add a dash more Drambuie according to your taste.

Whisky Sour

Put 2 shots whisky, 1 raw egg white, the juice of 1 lemon, ¼ tsp sugar, and 1 drop vanilla extract into a cocktail shaker. Shake, add a dash of Angostura bitters, then shake again. Pour over ice and serve.


Pour 2 shots whisky, 1 shot red vermouth, a dash of Angostura bitters and 1 tsp Cocktail Syrup Grenadine into a shaker. Stir, add ice then strain into a glass. 
Serve with a cherry and a twist of orange peel. 

Asda Extra Special Whiskey 25yr old and 30yr old blends will be available at 207 Asda Stores nationwide and online at

Press Release. 

Friday, 23 January 2015

Review: Jellyatrics Sours

Jellyatrics were first released to celebrate the 80th birthday of Jelly Babies sweets, back in 1998, as a fun take on the original Jelly Babies (see Kev's review here). They're made by Barnack Confectionery and at the end of last year they launched a new variety - Jellyatrics Sours. There are five quirky characters and flavours in each pack; Bill Bird (lemon), Benny Dorm (blackcurrant), Pearl Stitch (lime), Frau Zimmer (orange) and Mister Miser (strawberry). This is all done firmly tongue-in-cheek obviously!

It's hard to see in my photo but each sweet has it's own features and characteristics as an older character, such as a zimmer frame and a knitted scarf. They're also much larger than standard Jelly Babies sweet and the bag was packed full too - no half empty bag here which was refreshing to see! I have to admit I thought these sweets were going to be all about the novelty value and I didn't expect too much from the flavour. I'm a bit fussy when it comes to sour sweets but these are actually surprisingly tasty, and have the right balance of a tangy and sour coating, with a much sweeter centre. The flavours are made with all natural ingredients and have a lovely fruity taste. The citrus flavours; Lemon, Lime and Orange, are all especially good, with zesty flavours that compliment the tangy outer coating. The Strawberry and Blackcurrant flavours are sweeter but still have that sour edge to go with the fruitiness. These are well worth a try for anyone who's a fan of sour sweets and has a good sense of humour!

As well as Facebook and Twitter, the Jellyatrics now have their own website too where you can read Frau Zimmer's diary and even watch a video of how "Bill Bird turned sour".

Grocery Gems Review: Jellyatrics Sour

RATING: 8 out of 10.
Buy them again?: Yes.

Nutrition: 330 kcal per 100g (180g bag).
Purchased: Available at B&M, Hawkins Bazaar and other stockists.

PR Samples - product sent for an honest review.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Review: Frito-Lay Takoyaki Tei (Japan)

Frito-Lay Japan is known for releasing a whole raft of interesting flavours and snacks. I was lucky enough to try their Cheeseburger Cheetos a few years ago, but since then they've had such snacks as; Christmas Tree shaped Doritos (with a Corn Cream Stew flavour) and have just released Salty Shrimp Cheetos. The flavours, and packaging, always seem so fun and appealing. I received the Frito-Lay Takoyaki Tei corn puff snacks in the latest OyatsuBox - a Japanese subscription box. The flavour and shape here is based on the popular Japanese fast food snack Takoyaki - little dumplings of fried octopus in batter that are topped with sauce.

"Fried Octopus Balls" might not sound like the most appetising flavour but I'm going to start this review by stating that these are the tastiest puffed corn snacks I've had in a long time. Each corn puff has a light and crunchy texture and is covered with the delicious takoyaki seasoning with onion powder, and hints of vinegar and soy sauce. The flavour is a combination of sweet, salty, and tangy elements to create a truly delicious snack. It's not really fishy tasting but it reminds me a bit of fried seaweed, with a similar type of sweet and salty flavour. I loved the flavour so much I almost inhaled the whole bag in one sitting and had to force myself to stop and take a photo. I'm seriously tempted to order a few more bags from Japan!

Grocery Gems Review: Frito-Lay Takoyaki Tei

RATING: 9 out of 10.
Buy them again?: Worth a try if you can find them.

Purchased: Available at Oyatsu Cafe.
Price: $2.99 (approx £1.97).

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