Friday, 28 August 2015

New Instore: Mini Summer Round Up

Just a very quick post to highlight some new products instore. I've been away for a few weeks but over the summer fellow new product fans have been getting in touch to send me photos. Here's a round up of what I've been missing!:  

Belvita Soft Bakes Red Berries: The latest breakfast biscuit from Belvita are these Soft Bakes which are available in three varieties: Red Berries, Chocolate Chip or Golden Grain. £2.79p per pack at Tesco.

Owl's Brew Coco-Lada: Lucy W. picked up this American Owl's Brew tea crafted for cocktails from Marks & Spencer food hall. The flavour combination sounds amazing - it's a blend of black tea, coconut, chai spices and pineapple. Lucy says it's definitely one she would buy again.

Müller Corner Caribbean Dream Limited Edition: This looks very similar to the Müller Corner Hawaiian Dream yogurt but it's actually slightly different. It's a smooth coconut yogurt with a side portion of coconut clusters coated in milk chocolate. Actually Lucy sent me this photo last month but it still seems to be available so I thought I would include it here! £0.68p at Morrisons. 

Oreo Peanut Butter & Golden Oreo: Nathan S. sent me this photo of the new UK release of Peanut Butter flavoured Oreo and Golden Oreo which were released last month. Thanks to Kirk N. who emailed me about these too - it seems from the packaging that they're actually made in Spain. I still haven't tried these yet! £0.54p at Morrisons.

Thorntons Chocolate Caramel Wafer Rolls: Thorntons have extended their range to include biscuits. There are quite a few varieties available: Thorntons Wafer Rolls in either Chocolate Caramel or Double Chocolate flavours; Thorntons Melts in either Mint Chocolate or Double Chocolate flavours; and Thorntons Caramel Squares Biscuits. Let me know if you've tried these! £1.80p a pack in Asda.

Cadbury Heroes new pack: Thank you to Luci J. for also sending me this photo of a new smaller pack size for Cadbury Heroes at 185g (shown next to the 323g size in the photo).

Tesco Finest Scones: In Red Berry or Triple Chocolate flavours - these look delish! Thanks to Richard W. for the photo via Twitter. £1.00p at Tesco for a pack of two.

Milkybar Mousse: Lastly this new Milkybar Mousse which is different to the smooth custard style Milkybar Dessert. Hazel K. sent me the photo above and described the Milkybar Mousse as being creamy, delightful and low in calories so it's a win, win. 

Many thanks again to Lucy, Nathan, Luci, Hazel K. and Richard W. for the photos. If you've spotted any new products instore then I'd love to hear from you - email or tweet me @grocerygems.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Review: Iceland Belgian Chocolate Chip Waffles

A few months ago I posted that Iceland had launched a new range of frozen bakery and patisserie items. I finally decided to give the range a go with the Iceland Belgian Chocolate Chip Waffles, which are fairly pricey at £3.00p for a pack of four. 

The instructions are to grill the waffles for 2 minutes on each side, but we found they needed quite a bit more than that to defrost fully and get a good colouring. The end result however is absolutely delicious waffles. These are so indulgent with a gorgeous buttery flavour, rich chocolate chips, and a lovely texture that is both crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. These would be divine with as a proper dessert - and especially amazing if topped with vanilla ice cream.

Grocery Gems Review: Iceland Belgian Chocolate Chip Waffles

RATING: 8 out of 10.
Buy them again?: Yes.
Purchased: Iceland.
Price: RRP £3.00p.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Around the World - Malaysia: Double Decker Cheese Rings

In an attempt to get a move on with my Around the World Challenge I decided to buy these Double Decker Cheese Rings. I was a bit hesitant as I thought I should be able to find a more interesting snack from Malaysia. Anyway, how bad could a Cheese Rings snack be?

It turns out that they could be SO BAD that they're the worst snack I've ever tried. Not just the worst cheese snack, the overall worst snack of any type. It's not just their Day-Glo florescent orange colour that makes these so horrendous (and by the way I didn't edit the colour in the photo above - that's just how orange they are) but also the actual texture and flavour that are terrible too. The texture was not crunchy enough, so that they're slightly soft and almost chewy. Then on top of that there is so much seasoning powder on each snack that they have a chalky consistency. Mmmm chalky AND chewy. I could barely eat one of these Cheese Rings so this whole product is a bit of a disaster.

To be fair to Double Decker perhaps something went wrong in transit that caused them to be stale or damaged (although I'm not sure that can explain the orange-ness). Also, I'm pretty sure I've tried some other Double Decker branded snacks that were okay (but didn't take photos) so these are not a reflection on the rest of the range. 

On the plus side there is a Double Decker theme song on the back of the packet which I think deserves a couple of points on the Grocery Gems rating! 

Around the World: Double Decker Cheese Rings

Rating: 2 out of 10 (would be 0 out of 10 without the song on the packet...)
Country of Origin: Malaysia.
Purchased: Local grocery store.
Price: £0.99p (60g bag).
Nutrition: 550 calories (per 100g).

Friday, 14 August 2015

Review: Tesco Canadian Maple Syrup Pancakes

I was looking for a breakfast treat for my eldest sons recent birthday when I spotted these Canadian Maple Syrup Pancakes in Tesco. We've had a similar product from Asda before, although their Maple flavoured pancakes are much larger.

The Tesco Canadian Maple Syrup Pancakes have a lovely golden colouring and an immediate maple syrup aroma. Once toasted they're sweet enough to enjoy just on their own with a little butter - the maple syrup flavour comes through in the extra sweetness within the pancakes. Mr. Grocery Gems decided he still needed to pour maple syrup over the top and the result was deliciously syrupy.

Grocery Gems Review: Tesco Canadian Maple Syrup Pancakes

RATING: 7 out of 10.
Buy them again?: Yes.
Purchased: Tesco.
Price: £0.90p.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Review: Arden's Gruyere & Spinach Twists and Savoury Selection

I was recently sent a selection of Arden's savoury nibbles to review; a Savoury Selection of All Butter Chive & Onion Twists, Cheese Twist & Salted Breadsticks; and a pack of Gruyere & Spinach Twists. The Arden's range was created by a family of foodies who travel the continent to discover the tastiest snacks.

The Arden's Gruyere & Spinach Twists were discovered on a trip to Switzerland and are described as a double act of spinach and Gruyere cheese, enveloped in the flakiest puff pastry. The twists have a lovey appearance with their twirled pastry. The texture is flaky and crumbly from the sheer buttery nature of the pasty but still provides a light crunch too. The combination of Gruyere cheese and spinach provides a gorgeous twist of flavours too, giving a delicious edge to the main body of flavour of the buttery pastry.

The Arden's Savoury Selection box contains three different flavours of twists and breadsticks which are all individually sealed - great for if you just want to try one variety at a time. The Butter Chive & Onion Twist also have a delicious rich and indulgent buttery taste. The gorgeous combination of onion and chive add a touch of flavour without being too overpowering. The Cheese Twists are again made with Gruyere cheese and have the same extra buttery pasty and flavour. The Salted Breadsticks are nicely crunchy breadsticks with a light sprinkling of salt. I was pleased to find that the overall flavour was not too salty, making these great for snacking or dipping. 

Grocery Gems Review: Arden's Gruyere & Spinach Twists and Savoury Selection

RATING: 9 out of 10.
Buy them again?: Yes.
Purchased: Available at Asda, Waitrose, Ocado and other stockists.
Price: £1.59p and £1.69p.

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